Are vaccine protests in Canada a factor in Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine timeline?

Toronto Star
January 05, 2022

Joe Biden’s administration had two different and seemingly disparate international crises on its hands Friday when Jake Sullivan, the president’s national security adviser, strode to the podium in the White House briefing room.

Sullivan’s message was chilling: If Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to invade Ukraine, he said, it could happen before the end of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, which are scheduled to wrap up this coming Sunday...

The protests are less the product of foreign interference than of a potent combination of social media’s raw power and the spread of right-wing populism around the world, said Ethan Porter, a public affairs professor who leads the Misinformation/Disinformation Lab at George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics.

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